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agitate

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1 to cause (as a liquid) to move about in a circle especially repeatedly
  • this room could use a ceiling fan to agitate the stuffy air a bit

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3 to make a series of small irregular or violent movements
  • set the washing machine so it will agitate for four minutes before going into the rinse cycle

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4 to talk about (an issue) usually from various points of view and for the purpose of arriving at a decision or opinion
  • a question which has been agitated by the legislature time and time again

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shake, agitate, rock, convulse mean to move up and down or to and fro with some violence. shake often carries a further implication of a particular purpose. shake well before using agitate suggests a violent and prolonged tossing or stirring. an ocean agitated by storms rock suggests a swinging or swaying motion resulting from violent impact or upheaval. the whole city was rocked by the explosion convulse suggests a violent pulling or wrenching as of a body in a paroxysm. spectators were convulsed with laughter

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The first known use of agitate was in the 15th century

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“Agitate.” The Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/agitate. Accessed 15 December 2019.

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